I was traveling yesterday and unable to access the internet. While I traveled, I did review the daily practice that I follow in my head in a general way. I held all of the world in loving tenderness rather than accessing the specific news. It brings up the question, how do you adapt your daily practices when you have interruptions?
I am focusing on using people's vision words for 2016 for a few daily prayers. Today, I am using "spring" from Susan to guide my selections. If you share your word, I will use it over the next few days!
I have no context for the word spring. Therefore, I have two competing ideas running through my head: the season of spring and the idea of springing, like Tigger. I looked up the etymology and it seems spring is of Germanic roots and early uses were in the sense of ‘head of a well’ and ‘rush out in a stream.’ I can definitely see how it would be associated with spring as snow melts, waters rise and then rushes out in a stream. Lovely!
Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.
BIBOLove: Breath In, Breath Out--yummmm
Spring from Four Seasons, by Vivaldi performed by Julia Fischer and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields at The National Botanical Gardens of Wales
Spring by Antonio Vivaldi
Springtime is upon us.
The birds celebrate her return with festive song,
and murmuring streams are softly caressed by the breezes.
Thunderstorms, those heralds of Spring, roar, casting their dark mantle over heaven,
Then they die away to silence, and the birds take up their charming songs once more.
On the flower-strewn meadow, with leafy branches rustling overhead, the goat-herd sleeps, his faithful dog beside him.
Led by the festive sound of rustic bagpipes, nymphs and shepherds lightly dance beneath the brilliant canopy of spring.
Song of Solomon 2:11-12
Please bring your own sacred readings to the daily pattern. Those selected here are chosen from the Christian scripture cycle of daily readings, the Daily Lectionary, at commontexts.org
"For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land." -- Song of Solomon
For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for the hundreds kidnapped by IS in Deir al-Zour, Syria
for the suicide bombing in Jalalabad, Afghanistan
for the state of emergency in Flint, Michigan due to water supply
for victims of five mass shootings in the US in 13 days
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours, 188 incidents, 52 killed, 118 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for the lifting of sanctions on Iran
for Taiwan electing its first female President
for Iran freeing Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and 3 others
for those who seek spring within their lives, especially Susan
For Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
For those who suffer, are homeless, or are sick
For those we love, those we hate and those we are indifferent to
For the transformation from ME to WE
Let peace prevail on earth.
So may it be.
Translation by Neil Douglas Klotz, Sufi
O Birther! Creator of the Cosmos,
Focus your light within us— make it useful:
Create your reign of unity now-
Your one desire then acts with ours,
as in all light, so in all forms.
Grant what we need each day in bread and insight.
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
as we release the strands we hold
of others’ guilt.
Don’t let surface things delude us,
But free us from what holds us back.
From you is born all ruling will,
the power and the life to do,
the song that beautifies all,
from age to age it renews.
Truly— power to these statements—
may they be the ground from which all
my actions grow: Amen.
May Peace Prevail on Earth. Amen. So mote it be.
"Amen" means "may it be so."
"May peace prevail on earth." is an addition inspired by Michael Dickel
BIBOLove is an addition attributed to the work of Soyinka Rahim, InterPlay practice, BIBOLove